With fall officially here and winter right around the corner, it’s a good time to take stock of the seasonal looks presented by fashion designers that are making their way to the mainstream—starting with makeup.
Here are the top trends in makeup for fall/winter 2015 for you to try right now:
Bright red and berry-colored lips were all over the runways—from plum at Marc Jacobs, to oxblood at Ashley Williams, to cranberry at Carolina Herrera and 3.1 Phillip Lim, to cherry red at the Vanessa Seward show. Suddenly, this “retro” look seems so of-the-moment!
So, head on over to your favorite cosmetics supplier and pick up a berry or red-hued lipstick—or two or three! Products to try include NARS VIP Red; Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick in Black Cherry; and MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Oh, Lady.
One tip: With the lips such a bold focal point, it’s best to use subtler makeup for the rest of your face – think neutral eyes with simple liner and mascara.
Because it is easy to do and looks good on virtually anyone, the smoky eye never really goes away. This time, the designers used shades of gray shadow in subtle and not-so-subtle ways to create the look. Classic interpretations were seen on the runways for Diane von Furstenberg and Elie Saab, while designers such as John Richmond and Pascal Millet gave their models’ eyes a dark and smoldering effect.
The eye makeup at Giorgio Armani was a sheer, medium gray applied to the top lid and then smudged slightly beneath the outer corner; and Marc Jacobs sent his models down the runway wearing the silvery hue from the NARS Paris Duo Eyeshadow blended with a light taupe shadow for depth.
Other shadows that could deliver the smoky-eye effect include Revlon Eye Enhancers trio in Smoke Alarm, MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Black Sands, and Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys, which contains eight different colors for the ultimate in blending versatility.
Designers were also quite smitten with black eyeliner. Some had their makeup artists apply it in new and daring ways: At DNKY, liquid liner was used to create interesting frames around the eyes; thick, inky swipes of kohl were applied to models’ eyes at Fendi; and only the lower lid was outlined at Rebecca Minkoff.
Simpler, more pronounced black liners were used as well, creating the classic beauty at Oscar de la Renta, the bombshell at Versace, and the bad girl at Marc by Marc Jacobs.
A contingent of fashion designers also used eyeliner to create the cat-eye effect. These included Oscar de la Renta, Christophe Guillarme, Narciso Rodriguez, Versace, Thierry Mugler and even Chanel.
In perhaps the most appropriate runway trend, designers from Michael Kors to Ralph Lauren to Jason Wu sent models down the runway wearing warm, wintry garb—and the flushed cheeks to go with it! The J. Crew models looked like they had just stepped off the slopes, while the Kate Spade look mimicked the aftermath of a brisk walk outdoors.
So, put away your taupe sculpting powders and opt instead for warm peach and rose blushes that will give you that just-in-from-the-cold glow! Try Chanel Crème Blush in Inspiration or Affinite; L’Oreal True Match in Tender Rose; or Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed Palette.